Welcome back to another edition of the Batter Breakdown. We have a seven-game MLB DFS slate on tap and we have all the offense to pick from. We currently have six totals over 5, including a couple over 6. There are the obvious Yankees, who will mash night in and night out, the Cubs and Braves in Wrigley with the wind blowing out or you can even get sneaky with the Indians rolling vs Keller. So, so many ways to go tonight, so let’s see who we are targeting in the MLB DFS Batter Breakdown.
Paying up for Gary Sanchez is always in play, but it’s a steep price tag and should be GPP only. Dropping down does have some nice options. You have James McCann vs a lefty or even a streaking Roberto Perez, who is hitting .321 over his last seven games. When going cheaper, Vic Caratini vs Teheran would be a nice value or you have the usual suspects of Martin Maldonado or a $2100 Danny Jansen.
Cash- Carlos Santana went deep yesterday continuing his very good season. The top or most popular cash game play will likely be Anthony Rizzo vs Teheran. We have the wind blowing out hard to RF, Teheran, who usually gets hit hard vs LHH, and Rizzo, who’s hitting .299 with a .392 wOBA vs RHP at home this season – a recipe for success in cash. If you are punting, it’s all about Bobby Bradley at $3700 for the Indians. Bradley made his debut on Sunday, where he picked up 11 DK points and he brings a really really strong bat with him from the minors. Bradley was hitting .292 with 24 home runs and a .479 wOBA in AAA this season.
GPP- When getting different in a GPP, you have Freddie Freeman near the top vs Lester in windy Wrigley. On the season, Freeman is hitting .312 with a .405 wOBA and a 40% HH rate. Hunter Dozier returned over the weekend and put up back-to-back double-digit DK games, including a home run on Sunday. If you want a good GPP pivot off of Rizzo, Rhys Hoskins at $100 less is the play. This season, Hoskins is hitting .279 with a .422 wOBA and a 48% HH rate vs LHP this season. Tonight, Hoskins faces Steven Matz, who is giving up almost 2 HR/9 and a 42% HH rate vs RHH this season. Some cheaper plays would be Jake Bauers, Matt Beaty and Brandon Belt.
Cash- For cash, you can start with the red hot Jeff McNeil or drop down to the also red hot Jason Kipnis vs Keller. Kipnis is riding a six-game hitting streak where he’s hitting .500 with 4 multi-hit games and a .597 wOBA. He’s still cheap and in a great spot for the Indians tonight vs Keller. If looking to go really cheap at 2B then Nicky Lopez is your guy. He’s hit in five of his last six, hitting .417, but just know it’s more of a floor but not a ceiling play, thus a cash punt.
GPP- Whit Merrifield, Gleyber Torres and D.J. LeMahieu are all expensive and all GPP relevant tonight. But when looking to save, it’s all about Ozzie Albies in his matchup vs a lefty. Albis has been on fire over the last month and is hitting lefties so well. LHH are hitting .309 with a .351 wOBA vs Lester this season. If you want a pivot off the potentially popular Albies, then target Lourdes Gurriel Jr vs Sabathia. Gurriel is hitting .308 vs LHP with a .404 wOBA and a 46% HH rate. David Bote is an intriguing GPP punt vs Teheran.
Cash- At 3B in cash, you can save some money and just go to a $4300 Josh Donaldson vs Lester. Donaldson has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, hitting .373 over that stretch with 7 home runs. If you want to go a little cheaper, then it’s all about Jose Ramirez vs Keller. Boy oh boy, does it feel good to say JRam is a cash game play. JRam has hit safely in nine of his last 10 with a .340 wOBA, 4 extra-base hits and averaging double-digit DK points per game over that stretch.
GPP- There are some fun GPP plays up top with D.J. LeMahieu, a likely overlooked Nolan Arenado and then a slightly slumping Scott Kingery, who faces Matz tonight. Some solid ways to go to be weird with Arenado and Kingery. If saving cash, there are options as well. Kris Bryant vs Teheran is in play, but Justin Turner is quite the risky with upside GPP plays. Turner is hitting .300 (10-30) with 3 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs vs Greinke in his career. If going full punt, don’t forget Vlad Guerro Jr, he’s been slumping but always has that double dong upside.
Cash- Francisco Lindor leads the way up top. When going cheaper though it’s all about Dansby Swanson vs a lefty. Swanson is swinging a hot bat of late and on the season vs LHP he’s hitting .317 with a .365 wOBA and a 43% HH rate. When going cheap in cash, target Jean Segura, who has hit safely in five straight games and on the season is hitting .300 with a .405 wOBA vs LHP.
GPP- Gleyber Torres is definitely a high priced options at SS. A little cheaper you have the always GPP relevant Tim Anderson vs a lefty and then Javy Baez vs Teheran. When going for value, it’s all about Didi Gregorius and hoping that big game finally shows up,
Cash- The Braves bats of Ronald Acuna and Austin Riley are great in cash, but don’t forget a cheaper Markakis, who is hitting LHP well. Kyle Schwarber is waaaayyyy too cheap tonight, along with his teammates vs Teheran. Oscar Mercado leads the Indians in the outfield, but if looking for value, you have Jake Bauers and Tyler Naquin. Ian Desmond has been on fire of late and has been mashing LHP, he gets Pomeranz tonight. The Yankees are solid like usual with Judge, a cheaper Giancarlo but also Hicks and Gardner.
GPP- The Phillies outfield of Harper and Kingery are in play but pay attention to the lineups and see if we get Quinn or another cheap option vs Matz. The Jays duo of Grichuk and Teoscar are GPP relevant vs CC. Jorge Soler has been mashing and will be really low owned tonight. Greinke has been good this year, but not at home and not against the Dodgers. Look into Bellinger, Joc and some of the value possibly with Verdugo, Taylor and Beaty.
Top Stacks- CLE, ATL, CHC, NYY, PHI
Cash- CLE, ATL, CHC
GPP- NYY, PHI, COL, TOR, KC
Brian has been playing Fantasy Sports, and more importantly Fantasy Baseball for over a decade. He’s been playing DFS for 4 years now. This will be his 4th season recording MLB DFS Quick Hits. He runs and writes for FantasySportsDegens. Records many podcasts including Benched with Bubba, Around the Bases with Bubba & Mo, Always Pressing PGA DFS POD and the 2 Point Conversion NFL DFS POD. You can contact him on Twitter @bdentrek.